NAMED: JIM LYNAM, 31, an assistant at St. Joseph's (Pa.) College, as head basketball coach at American University.
NAMED: JIMMY SATALIN, 26, as head basketball coach at St. Bonaventure, replacing LARRY WEISE, 36, who coached the Bonnies since 1961, compiling a 212-90 record.
SIGNED: To a five-year contract as general manager and coach of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics, BILL RUSSELL, television commentator, for a reported $125,000 per year. The fifth coach in Seattle's six-year existence, Russell played on 11 championship teams in Boston, including two seasons as player-coach.
DIED: Veteran Driver ART POLLARD, 46, in a crash during a warmup run at the Indianapolis Speedway. One of the oldest competitors in the Memorial Day classic, Pollard was the 34th driver to die at the track (page 38).
DIED: Nationally syndicated Columnist MILTON GROSS, 61, of cardiac arrest, in Rockville Centre, Long Island. A writer for the New York Post since 1949, he authored several books, including Victory Over Myself with Floyd Patterson.
DIED: JOHN P. SMITH, 68, former captain of Knute Rockne's 1927 Notre Dame team, in West Hartford, Conn. Smith coached at Trinity College, Georgetown and Duquesne Universities.